So another few days went buy working for Annoying Big Client.
And yes, I’m still sworn to look for alternative clients, to diversify, expand. All that, yes.
But while I am dependent on him for 75 percent of my monthly income I can do something else that makes it worthwhile enduring doing work for this man.… Read more
Every time he sleeps, or when we think he is asleep, we try to get as much done as possible – from dishes to creative projects.
Funny. Jay might – just might – end up helping me getting more goals achieved, because I become more efficient.
I tend not to be efficient when time is not precious.… Read more
Well, at least with regard to my work … My Big Client trying to implement a major new website which is a German translation of an English website and everything just fucking up about it.
Mostly because there are too few people with the correct skills in the mix, me included, but more importantly: Too little money to pay the people who are there to work the amount of work it takes to get this done right.… Read more
… spending most of the day in my rented office space, all alone, because it is a holiday here in this country.
Not that the holiday helped. I didn’t really make any headway, except arriving at the conclusion that I want the customers of my web-consultant/design business to be
- already off with their own business, having been in it for a year or two at least, actually making money
- already off with WordPress but having run into a block, needing help.
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It was a silly argument, but seemed important enough to get quite heated, while we were at it. In essence, I was afraid she was accusing me of not earning enough money. I felt she was not appreciating I had stayed at home and kept a low profile otherwise in business, to support the family shortly before and in the weeks after Jay’s birth.… Read more
And my attempt at Internet detox becomes a lot easier. Here’s the secret:
Jay is asleep for max 2 hours at a time during day, then he wakes and needs to feed or take a poo or get a little attention. And Char is already heavily sleep-deprived and steeling recovering from the not-so-fun circumstances of the birth.… Read more
I worked for 7 hours trying to fix somebody’s webshop and failed at a lot of the technical stuff, which I thought I knew, but didn’t. So I only billed them 3.
I feel bad about that, but okay about having delivered fair service. And having the courage to explain to them that my abilities fell short, instead of trying to excuse myself or even bill them for all of it.… Read more
Had a rather trying day with Difficult-Again-Photographer-Client, CN, and wondered as I went home with the metropolitan train how to kill.
The problems, not CN. Although the two are related.
Basically he overloads me with tasks which I can’t possibly keep up with in the 14 hours a week he has hired me.… Read more
This is the first list-post of mine, although I had sworn I’d rather die than ever make one. But I thought it would be a service to future readers who are looking for more direct advice from my experiences – how to use them to help themselves. So here goes!
This one is about how to set the prices when you are just starting out delivering services as en entrepreneur with your own company or freelance-act.… Read more
So I went to a client today to teach him how to do a webshop in Woocommerce/Wordpress, and for a moment I got distracted by the fact that his apartment is so much bigger, nicer and better than ours. Dumb, but true.
It’s there, by the harbor, in one of the new apartment projects that shot up in the City these last decades or so.… Read more